Hi everyone! I'm finally adding my travel diary from my vacation to Austria last month. I don't want it to be too boring, or too much like a photo album with directions, nor do I want to turn it into a tutorial on all things Austrian. What I do want to do is write up my holiday, excursion by excursion and hopefully add a little humor to the mix.
I do want to add a little piece here about my first impressions of the flight and resort, just to add a little excitement to the diary. The flight was fine - if you think flying on something that resembles a giant mechano kit is fun. To be fair, all things considered, I had plenty of legroom on the plane, not something I always get.
So, we landed in Salzburg airport and there's no mistaking where you are, there can't be many airports where the views are mountains and fir trees! Not to mention the German signs everywhere! First impression though was wow! Just a few lungfuls of the alpine air and I felt healthier!
I had a coach transfer from the airport to the hotel and whereas on a beach holiday you feel like you can sit back and sleep on the transfer (I could've done on this one too I suppose), the 360' views and the mix of modern and traditional keeps your eyes peeled and wide awake. An hour and 15 to an hour and 20 minutes later I arrived at the Hotel Jagerwirt and again my jaw dropped - no exaggeration. From the balconies covered in window boxes full of flowers to the mountain views surrounding Kitzbuhel - stunning!
So, I got checked in and was shown to my room on the 3rd floor, a sweet little single room with a great balcony and good sized en suite. After unpacking and doing an outfit change so fast any good popstar would be impressed (yes, I did freshen up too), I made my way to the restaurant for my first taste of Austria.
I never thought I would be grateful for a four course dinner, but after being awake since 6am that morning, spending all that time travelling to the resort, I was famished. What was the food like? I can hear you asking. I'll tell you - amazing.
You start with an appetizer course, which on the first night was a Marinated sausage dish (full vegetarian options available), this was followed by either a consommé or cream of vegetable soup with fresh bread. You then had the main course, mine first main was braised leg of lamb with a potato gratin and creamed spinach - delicious! The dessert was an ice cream stuffed pancake/crepe smothered in warm chocolate sauce - my gods was it good!
For me it was an early night and then up for a breakfast of scambled eggs, sausages and toast with fresh coffee and then a Welcome Walkabout with the rep, Jodie to see Kitzbuhel and get to know my way around, back to the hotel just in time to walk to the bus stop* to pick up the coach on my first excursion.
* the Im Gries bus stop is the main pick up point for excursions and guests staying at all the hotels around Kitzbuhel use this stop for their pick ups too. From the Jagerwirt, the bus stop is around a 10-15 minute walk.
The lovely little pic I've added here is Krimml Waterfalls, the largest falls in Europe (fact - over 40,000 liters of water goes over the falls each second!). This was my first excursion of the holiday, the next day after I arrived in Kitzbuhel. The afternoon excursion takes you along the mountain roads and through the town of Mittelsee, famed for their Ski manufacture and then on to the falls. When you get to the falls, you can follow the path and walk to the top of the falls for the spectacular scenery - be warned though, the sloping paths aren't easy to navigate and go up at quite an incline so good shoes, maybe a set of walking poles and possibly a new set of lungs required for the jaunt up to the top of the falls!
If you don't fancy testing yourself (and seeing just how unfit you are - huffing like a bellows for twenty minutes is so not sexy), you can go down to the bottom of the falls and feel the healing spray of the water from there. Either way, you have beautiful views of the falls and when you're ready to eat, I'd recommend the Apple Strudel from the café there. The piece of Strudel I had was the size of a house brick and the whippy cream could have re-glaciered an ice cap. Beautiful though, warm and tasted like the best apple pie you've ever had!
Back to the hotel and the evening meal was an Italian buffet - continental starter, followed by soup and then buffet style main where you could choose from spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, fish, turkey, 3 different pasta sauces - delicious and so filling!
So that's days 1 and 2. Come back later and i'll be talking to you about Kitzbuhel town, the hotel pool and whirlpool and my 2nd excursion of the trip - Grossglockner.
Take care, and as always, Keep reading! Emma xx
Our guide for the day said that Austria is made up of 50% mountains and 50% trees and that the humans have simply built houses in the valleys and on any spare land that there was left. From the stunning scenery I can see why! - don't think I'm scrimping on the photo's, I'll be adding more as I go along.